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The pattern of Tamil language use among primary school Tamil pupils in Singapore
Language use
Second language
Primary education
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Singapore Journal of Education, 11(2), 45-53
The specific objective of this study is to identify
the patterns of language use among primary
school Tamil pupils in Singapore. This study examined
the socio-cultural and socio-economic
factors which contribute to this pattern of language
use. It investigated the use of Tamil in
eight domains and the patterns of maintenance
and shift among the younger Tamil population
in Singapore. The sample of this study was 1000
pupils randomly selected from 12 primary schools in Singapore, representing the cross section of
the popuJation. The instrwnent used for this study
was questionnaire. Analysis of data shows that
three variables, age, socio-economic level and
education affect the use of Tamil language. Most
of them use Tamil when they converse with their
grandparents and to a certain extent with their
parents. But when they interact with their siblings
and friends they use English. Analysis of data
clearly indicates that Tamil is losing its grip
among younger generation.
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